Oct 13, 2021

Investing in girls lasts forever.

A very happy, proud Susan on graduation day.
A very happy, proud Susan on graduation day.

Hi Everyone,

Meet Susan, one of our recent Kijiji Mission graduates.

Susan is the 3rd born in a family of four. She didn’t have the opportunity to meet her father, who died when she was very young. Susan was 3 years old when her mother passes away in 2001 after a short illness, forcing Susan and her siblings to live with their 80-year-old maternal grandmother in the Nyamurutu slums. Her maternal aunt and her oldest sister are the ones who supported her with school fees in high school. 

Susan achieved high grades in school, however, after completing her secondary schooling her grandmother was not in a position to pay her college fees. Susan stayed at home for two years with little prospect of following her passion for learning fashion and design. Susan was very grateful when she was offered the opportunity to join Springs of Hope Foundations, Kijiji Mission Center in Nakuru on 5th October 2020, starting her new journey of studying the design and dressmaking one year course that we offer to help our needy girls attain a skill for their future, enabling them to earn a living.

We are often approached by outside organizations, offering our students special projects. One such example is the Rotary Club of Nakuru, which asked the students to sew reusable sanitary napkins to be given to high school girls within the community. These projects are wonderful for our students on many different levels. They help improve their speed and accuracy, while also giving them a huge sense of pride and confidence as they earn enough money to pay for their own sewing machine and a little seed money upon graduation.

Last week Susan left our center after being offered a job opportunity in a town known as Olkalou, at Quito Fashions Ltd, to work on piece work to which her sewing machine, paid for with the money earned while doing small projects while living with us, will be of great help.

Earlier this week we celebrated the International Day Of The Girl. We wish Susan, who now joins our alumni of young women who have become part of our huge Kijiji Mission family of successful young women over the years all the best in the future, you have made Kijiji Mission proud.

Again, we want to thank you for all of your support over the years, to be able to provide hope and a future to so many women who couldn't have possibly dreamed of having either is truly a blessing. You have made a tremendous difference in so many women's lives, including ours!

Thank you again,

Jennifer Hughes-Bystrom

Founder/CEO

Springs of Hope Foundation

(We've changed the student's name to protect her privacy)

Susan proudly showing her new sewing machine.
Susan proudly showing her new sewing machine.
Working on the Rotary Club sanitary pad project.
Working on the Rotary Club sanitary pad project.
Computer & finance management as part of training
Computer & finance management as part of training
It's all mine! My dream come true.
It's all mine! My dream come true.

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Oct 12, 2021

Investing in girls lasts forever.

Susan proudly showing her new sewing machine
Susan proudly showing her new sewing machine

Hi Everyone,

Meet Susan, one of our recent graduates.

Susan is the 3rd born in a family of four. She didn’t have the opportunity to meet her father, who died when she was very young. Susan was 3 years old when her mother passes away in 2001 after a short illness, forcing Susan and her siblings to live with their 80-year-old maternal grandmother in the Nyamurutu slums. Her maternal aunt and her oldest sister are the ones who supported her with school fees in high school. 

Susan achieved high grades in school, however, after completing her secondary schooling her grandmother was not in a position to pay her college fees. Susan stayed at home for two years with little prospect of following her passion for learning fashion and design. Susan was very grateful when she was offered the opportunity to join Springs of Hope Foundations, Kijiji Mission Center in Nakuru on 5th October 2020, starting her new journey of studying the design and dressmaking one year course that we offer to help our needy girls attain a skill for their future, enabling them to earn a living.

We are often approached by outside organizations, offering our students special projects. One such example is the Rotary Club of Nakuru, which asked the students to sew reusable sanitary napkins to be given to high school girls within the community. These projects are wonderful for our students on many different levels. They help improve their speed and accuracy, while also giving them a huge sense of pride and confidence as they earn enough money to pay for their own sewing machine and a little seed money upon graduation.

Last week Susan left our center after being offered a job opportunity in a town known as Olkalou, at Quito Fashions Ltd, to work on piece work to which her sewing machine, paid for with the money earned while doing small projects while living with us, will be of great help.

Earlier this week we celebrated the International Day Of The Girl. We wish Susan, who now joins our alumni of young women who have become part of our huge Kijiji Mission family of successful young women over the years all the best in the future, you have made Kijiji Mission proud.

Again, we want to thank you for all of your support over the years, to be able to provide hope and a future to so many women who couldn't have possibly dreamed of having either is truly a blessing. You have made a tremendous difference in so many women's lives, including ours!

Thank you again,

Jennifer Hughes-Bystrom

Founder/CEO

Springs of Hope Foundation

(We've changed the student's name to protect her privacy)

Susan & other students working on the Rotary proje
Susan & other students working on the Rotary proje
Susan & fellow recent Kijiji Mission graduates.
Susan & fellow recent Kijiji Mission graduates.
A very proud Susan heading out on her new career
A very proud Susan heading out on her new career

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Jul 14, 2021

Together we're making a huge difference.

Some of our elderly recipients waiting patiently
Some of our elderly recipients waiting patiently
The faces of these women tell a story of resilience and fight against all odds to keep their families fed.
Their smiles hide their pain as the faces of young children and grandchildren look up earnestly hoping something will come out of mom/grandma's bag.
Springs of Hope Foundation's Covid-19 mitigation effort has been a blessing to thousands of families in our region of Nakuru County and surrounding regions.
Every week for the past 16 months, the Springs of Hope Foundation has taken these much-needed food hampers where they are desperately appreciated.
The feeling of relief and joy on the faces of the beneficiaries is enough motivation for our team of volunteers to keep this effort going.
We could only have hoped to do all that we do because of your help, and we pray that this will continue.
Warmest regards,
Jennifer Hughes-Bystrom
Founder/CEO
"The majority of the world’s undernourished – More than 250 million live in Africa, where the number of undernourished is growing faster than anywhere in the World." 

June 29th, 2021.

NAIROBI (BLOOMBERG) - The highly contagious Covid-19 delta variant may spark the fourth wave of infections in Kenya over the next two months, according to the East African nation's Health Ministry.

The rapidly transmissible strain, first identified in India, is dominant in western Kenya, where it was initially identified in the country. The government imposed restrictions on movement in the region to try and stem it from spreading nationwide.

"If there's a fourth wave in July-August, it will most likely be due to delta," said Mr. Patrick Amoth, the acting director-general for health at the ministry.

Restrictions in western Kenya were imposed to try and "avoid a catastrophic fourth wave," he said.

A new wave in Kenya would follow surges in cases in several African countries. Infection cycles could continue for a longer period in Africa as it lags behind the rest of the world in vaccination amid a shortage of doses, logistical challenges, and hesitancy.

In a country with a population of 55 million, Kenya has had about 1.3 million people inoculated so far, of whom 328,848 received their second doses.

The Alpha variant, first identified in Britain, dominated Kenya's third wave which peaked in March-April. The Beta strain first detected in South Africa, and Alpha account for about 70 percent of the cases in Kenya's capital, Nairobi currently, according to Mr. Amoth.

 
Will YOU join us in providing vital, nutritious meals to families in need in Kenya as we prepare for the following months ahead of us?

Elderly grandmother recieving a helping hand
Elderly grandmother recieving a helping hand

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